james iles - Freelancer
Storyboard Artist / Illustrator
- Location Helsinki, Finland
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My name is James Iles. I'm a Storyboard Artist, Concept Artist and Illustrator working in the Television and Film industry.
I have the great privilege to be involved at one of the earliest stages of pre-production to develop characters, their journeys, the items they use and what they wear.
In 2007 I joined the art department for Dr Who at the BBC in Wales.
There I was lucky enough to work with a hugely talented creative team of fellow artists, designers and craftsmen, from the earliest stages of script development through to filming. As storyboard artist, I've worked with a wide range of directors on over 30 episodes, also designing props and characters. One of the most rewarding aspects of prop design for me would be visiting the fabrication department, where an amazing team would transform the artwork into a physical object ready for filming. Occasionally I would also get the chance to lend a hand, helping to build a fibreglass Dalek or carving a stone interior set before heading back to the drawing board.
After 3 fantastic series on Dr Who, I moved on to other projects, including independent films and Sherlock for Hartswood Films.
Today I work on a freelance basis for a range of clients including CBS, Studio Hansa, Grayscale Films, Cognitive Media, Hartswood Films, SAGE Publications and BBC Wales. I also provide commissioned artwork for private collectors, and lead workshops in pre-production illustration for film and television at universities in the UK.
I love to work in traditional media, and almost all of my designs begin with pencil on paper, before being digitally rendered. If a deadline requires it, I can storyboard directly into Photoshop.All of my illustrative work is drawn on paper or illustration board with pencil and ink, using a range of brushes and nibs.
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